Welcome to the official website for the Austin, Texas, White Cane Day celebration. Check back often to see what's been added.
Like last year, we are having a contest to determine what design should go on this year's shirt. Please read the guidelines and how to submit your design on the 2015 Call for Artwork (Word 2010 document, 18 KB) Note that the deadline for shirt submitions is Friday May 1, with voting to take place on this site from May 11-13. Good luck!
It is time again to plan for this year's White Cane Day celebration and events. Meetings will be held at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, 4800 N. Lamar Blvd., in Austin. The next meeting will be on Thursday, March 12, in the Gym Basement and will begin at 1:30. Come and help make this year's White Cane Day events bigger and better than last year.
If you have missed a meeting of the WCD Committee, check here to find out what has been happening. Files will either be in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2010 formats.
Here is a list of some of the media coverage, whether it be online or otherwise, that White Cane Day has gotten:
On Facebook: Yes, you can now find White Cane Day on Facebook. Be sure to visit the official White Cane Day Facebook page and become a friend or fan of White Cane Day!
On 8/19/08, the National Federation of the Blind issued the following press release. There doesn't appear to be any closing date on the offer, so it's assumed that it is open from now on. Read on for details on how you can get a free white cane.
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), has launched an initiative to ensure that any blind person in the United States and Puerto Rico who needs a long white cane will have one, regardless of their ability to pay. The NFB will provide a free cane to anyone in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico who is blind or has low vision and who uses or desires to use a white cane in order to travel independently. This historic initiative is the largest effort ever of its kind to provide white canes to individuals who are blind or have low vision.
The long white cane provides an effective means for blind students to get to school, blind adults to get to work, and blind seniors to remain active.
It is estimated that 109,000 of the 1.3 million legally blind people in the United States use a white cane. By supplying canes free of charge, this program provides the opportunity for all blind Americans to have a white cane and to participate fully in society.
The National Federation of the Blind will provide a straight, light fiberglass cane to any blind individual in the United States or Puerto Rico who requires the cane for personal use. Canes are available from between 53 and 69 inches. Individuals may only request one free cane in any six-month period.
Click here to Apply for a free cane from the NFB.
Here are some sites with information on the history of White Cane Day and the white cane.
View past shirts for White Cane Day
Need a cane? Here's a list of places that sell them:
If you have any questions or comments about White Cane Day, this site, or the Austin celebration/events, then email:
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